By Eliaser Ndeyanale
FORMER Prime Minister Nahas Angula has said that Swapo tradition should not be broken, and if President Hage Geingob wants to serve his 10-year tenure as Head of State, he should be allowed to do so.
He was responding to questions from Confidente about talk of potential challengers for the Swapo presidency emerging for Geingob, ahead of the upcoming ruling party congress, slated for later this year.
Angula said if there is someone who wants to challenge the president, they should do it.
“It’s democracy, but in my personal opinion as Nahas Angula, I am saying we should establish a tradition, because traditions create predictability, predictability creates stability. If our Founding President, Dr Sam Nujoma, served for 15 years, he did that to create stability, because we still had the policy of reconciliation to implement. President (Hifikepunye) Pohamba, as per the constitution, served 10 years; it was a constitutional mandate.
“Similarly, if President Hage Geingob wants to serve 10 years, why should you break it?” questioned Angula, who also expressed his eagerness to vie for the Swapo vice-presidency at the upcoming congress, should he be nominated to stand.
Angula also reiterated his view that Swapo lacks ideological clarity.
He said this lack of ideological clarity in the party creates a situation where the membership is being used by some to access State power to enrich themselves, instead of upholding the values, perspectives and aspirations of the party.
“It’s true that our organisation is facing a number of challenges. Challenge number one is the lack of ideological clarity, and this has created a situation that Swapo as a broad church, everybody comes to the table, but with different objectives,” Angula said.
“Some come into Swapo because they want employment, some come to Swapo because they want tenders, some come to Swapo because they want some favours, and some come to Swapo because it’s fashionable, and all that.
“It’s not supposed to be like that. You should come to Swapo because it’s determined to achieve certain objectives to whose values you subscribe to. The tension you see in Swapo is because we don’t have common values.
“That’s a problem. So if you don’t have common values, you don’t have a common vision, so people start pulling in different directions, for different purposes,” Angula said.
The veteran politician, who has been a member of Swapo for more than 50 years, suggested that the party needs to strengthen a specific party value system, to guide members.
“A value system that guides our thoughts and our actions… without that we will have this push and pull, and once you get into that situation, you will not go anywhere. No progress, no growth, no development.
“That’s a problem. It’s up to us now as leaders of Swapo to say, ‘comrades what is our historical mission?’ The first objective was independence; the second should be social economic liberation. We have to now define our pathways on that mission, just as we did during the liberation.
“In Swapo there is a tradition, a long established tradition that if you are a member of Swapo, you have to serve Swapo in whatever capacity. If Swapo directs you to do something, you must do so, you cannot refuse an assignment of Swapo. Unless you… feel that you are not capable or unable, that’s a different thing, but under normal circumstances, Swapo assigns its cadres and allocates its cadres to whatever responsibilities. I am ready to serve,” he said.
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